DAHLONEGA - Ian McIntosh can wear a lot of hats for the Lumpkin County High football team. On offense, defense and special teams, McIntosh, a junior, is a weapon wherever he may be on the field in positions designed for players with breakaway speed such as himself.
COMMERCE - The 65th edition of the River War between Commerce and Jefferson came down to one final play - and it was Zach Allen who saved the day for Jefferson.
A 20-point deficit at halftime was too much for Dawson County to overcome as the Tigers lost to Pickens 27-14 on Friday in Jasper.
Steven Edsall caught the first score of the night for Union County and followed with a kickoff return for touchdown to lead the Panthers over Towns County 40-7 Friday in Hiawassee.
Dylan Lackey had 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns on Friday as visiting Banks County defeated Social Circle 40-14.
Ashley Lowery punched in a 4-yard touchdown run in the final two mintues of the game to give White County the 21-14 victory Friday over East Jackson in Commerce.
As good as Buford has been in the past, even Jess Simpson was surprised at how well his team began the 2010 season.
The Lions compiled 252 rushing yards as a team on Friday to defeat Fellowship Christian 29-0 in the teams' season opener in Roswell.
East Hall at West Hall
Every high school football season comes with surprises. The team that won one game last season could now be a playoff contender. On the other end, a team that was in the fight for a state title could be left scrapping just to make the postseason.
In a normal circumstance, North Hall High's Bob Christmas and Gainesville High's Bruce Miller would see each other from across the football field on the sidelines, where the two coaches would be competing against each other.
After a few teams around the state opened their seasons on Friday, their was little change in the Associated Press Georgia High School football polls.
The mark of a good high school football program is one that consistently wins year-in and year-out. It challenges for subregion and region titles, flirts with undefeated seasons and sometimes finds itself on the verge of winning a state title. It does all this despite the fact the rosters change yearly, and superstars can be gone before you know it.
From crosstown rivals to possible playoff previews, these games highlight the 2010 high school football schedule.
Even if Devon Pierce resorted to revisionist history in his head, it wouldn't take away the pain of being sidelined while his Gainesville High teammates ran all the way to the Class AAA state title game last season.
For Flowery Branch, tonight's game at second-ranked Northside-Warner Robins is more than a season opener.
For all the eye-popping statistics that Deshaun Watson posted during his record-setting 2012 season, the categories where he avoided large numbers may have been just as important to Gainesville's state championship run.
Chattooga at East Hall
Antonio Pittman's role as a West Hall Spartan has been increasing ever since he first stepped onto the field in Oakwood.
Dawson County struck big in crucial situations to open the season Friday against East Hall in Gainesville. Leading by a small margin with five minutes left to play, Tigers (1-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA) quarterback Zack Buchan hit running back Cody Lamar in the open field on a third-and-long at the 30 and ran 70 yards for the score, propelling Dawson County to a 29-27 win.
Andrew Smith and Brannon Dyer were the catalysts for the North Hall offense in a 42-31 scrimmage win against Salem (Va.) on Friday in Virginia.
OAKWOOD - This year, the Battle of Oakwood went to the Spartans of West Hall.
Dawson County at East Hall